Now that the Senate has completed its work on the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito — and before another Supreme Court vacancy develops – it’s time for the Senate to move to a vote on the long-pending nominees to the courts of appeals. First on the list for action should be Terrence Boyle, a nominee to the Fourth Circuit who has served as a district judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina since 1984.
Boyle was first nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. He was renominated to the Fourth Circuit by President George W. Bush on May 9, 2001. He finally received his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 3, 2005. His nomination was favorably reported to the Senate floor (by a party-line 10-8 vote) on June 16, 2005.
The ABA committee on judicial selection unanimously gave Boyle its highest rating of “well qualified”. Senator Lindsey Graham, who presided over Boyle’s hearing and who is one of the bipartisan Gang of 14 who pledged to oppose a filibuster of any judicial nominee except in “extraordinary circumstances,” has declared Boyle “extraordinarily qualified and deserving of this promotion” to the Fourth Circuit.
What possible reason is there for any further delay on this nomination?